David Aguilar aka “Hand Solo”

An advocate for inclusion and innovation, David helps and inspires millions of people. At the age of 9, he created his first prosthesis using LEGO bricks to replace his right forearm as a result of being born with the congenital disease Poland Syndrome. He continued to experiment and optimize his works and is now an internationally recognized creator of the MK range of prosthetic arms and the face of LEGO’s global #RebuildTheWorld campaign.

David’s spirit of improvement has been recognized in important global media that range from National Geographic to the New York Times, Washington Post, Euronews and other international audio-visual media. He has spoken at various conferences, including NASA’s Cross Industry Innovation Summit and Brazil’s Let’s Go Festival and received awards that include the Silver Medal of the Universal League for the Public Good in Paris for having done good for humanity.

David’s story is featured in the documentary, “Mr. Hand Solo”. Through this film, he hopes to touch people’s hearts and break the stigma of disability, replacing it total inclusion and acceptance of the simple fact of being different. David has one message for all of us: “All your dreams can be fulfilled if you want them very strongly. You just have to fight for them”.

Today, David is studying bioengineering at the International University of Catalonia so that he can continue to help others.

Photo by: PAU FABREGAT, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Talk: Breaking down barriers